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Imran Khan will ‘sit back and watch’ next army chief’s appointment

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Imran Khan on Wednesday indicated that his party has now taken a ‘hands-off’ approach to the imminent appointment of a new army chief, saying that it has “taken a step back” on the matter.

The former prime minister emphasised that no army chief will ever go against the institution, state or the people.

“Let them do what they want. Nawaz Sharif wants to appoint an army chief who will protect his interests. No army chief will go against the nation’s interests,” the PTI chief said commenting on the matter in conversation with senior journalists at his residence in Lahore.

However, he lashed out at PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif – who is allegedly calling the shots in the matter – for seeking to appoint someone to ensure his protection in all cases.

Separately, in an address via video link, Imran accused the government of bringing changes to the Pakistan Army Act ahead of a new army chief’s appointment for “its personal benefits” as he cautioned that making such crucial appointments for political advantages would deal a blow to the country’s institutions.

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